BrightStar Announces National Partnership with Mr. Handyman International

New Partnership Provides In-Home Care and Repair Services for Senior Community

February 10, 2010 // // GURNEE, IL – BrightStar, a full-service healthcare staffing agency that provides medical and non-medical home care, announces its national partnership with Mr. Handyman, the nation's largest full-service home repair and maintenance franchise and the number one employer of handymen nationwide.

As more than 70 million Americans will reach the age of 65 in the next two decades and the overwhelming need for trusted and reliable home services continue to grow, this unique partnership will allow BrightStar and Mr. Handyman franchisees the opportunity to refer each other's services to their clients nationwide, while ensuring the best quality services for seniors in the community.

"The close relationship we build with our patients and families allows us to provide reliable recommendations for other local services, such as a handyman," said BrightStar Founder and CEO Shelly Sun. "Our clients trust us; thus, we want to provide them with a referral that has an established national backing and one that we would feel comfortable working in our patients' homes."

Long-term care is one of the fastest growing segments in the healthcare industry. Whether living out of state or traveling often for work, it is critical that the families of seniors can trust and rely on a local caregiver aiding their loved one. BrightStar organized this partnership with Mr. Handyman in order to ensure the best quality services for their clients in need of home repairs. Mr. Handyman is known for their reliable quality services just like BrightStar.

"In a recent study by the U. S. Census Bureau, six out of 10 homeowners have home improvement 'to-do's' and most Americans have an eye on seven or more projects at any given time," said Todd Recknagel, President and CEO of Mr. Handyman. "As the senior population continues to grow, they also need home safety check-ups and repairs in order to help them remain in the comfort of their homes longer."

BrightStar is unique to the marketplace as they offer both non-medical and medical care to clients 24/7 and provide care for aging seniors who are unable to make a move into a long-term care facility, patients who are recovering from surgery or illness, and new mothers just home from the hospital with a baby. BrightStar has over 150 franchise locations nationwide and Mr. Handyman services more than 300 franchise locations across the United States.

About BrightStar

Based in Chicago, BrightStar is a full-service healthcare staffing agency with over 150 locations nationwide that provide medical and non-medical homecare to private clients within their homes, as well as supplemental healthcare staff to a variety of medical organizations. Our well-qualified, attentive caregivers provide peace of mind to clients and their families. At BrightStar, our mission is to go above and beyond and make more possible for those entrusted to our care. We work to understand the needs of our clients and provide a customized care plan to match them with a qualified, pre-screened caregiver who is compatible with their needs. BrightStar is one of the few home healthcare providers that offer both medical and non-medical homecare, available to all clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

About Mr. Handyman

Mr. Handyman is a network of independently owned and operated franchises serving over 300 locations nationwide that provide commercial and residential property maintenance and repair services. Founded in 1996, Mr. Handyman began franchising in March of 2000. Mr. Handyman is a member of Service Brands International, a group of service companies that provide a variety of timesaving services ideally suited for today's active consumer. In the January 2010 issue of Entrepreneur magazine, Mr. Handyman was recognized as one of America's fastest growing, service-oriented franchise systems and the number one handyman service for six consecutive years. In 2008, Mr. Handyman enlisted famed handyman TV persona Richard Karn, the former Al Borland from ABC's sitcom 'Home Improvement,' to serve as the national spokesperson and face of the Mr. Handyman brand.



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